What would make this year EPIC for you?

news Jan 05, 2019

Well, hello there, 2019! It’s so good to see you ;-)

I hope you have ALL enjoyed a good break over this festive period, and are raring to go, ready to make 2019 an EPIC year.

I had a well-earned rest over the holidays and an almost accidental social media fast for a few days too. I wasn’t intending to, it just kinda happened, but it also meant I could spend some quality time connecting with my family and I made excellent progress with the new online training program that I’m launching soon.

I also spent a lot of time reflecting back on 2018, what happened, what was successful, what wasn’t so successful, and what I want to improve on this year in 2019.

Looking in the rear-view mirror

As the month of December rumbled on, I started listening to Michael Hyatt’s “Your Best Year Ever” on audiobook for the second time (first time was back in January 2018), but I was finding it hard to take action on it because I couldn’t see it in front of me. I’m a very visual person, you see, so I decided I’d buy a copy of the book and read it. And then on impulse I also bought a copy for my two sisters and each of my three PhD students!!! (Clearly, I’m hoping for an EPIC year for all of 6 us!).

Part of process outlined in his book is completing the past – he likens it to driving along, glancing in the rear-view mirror. With this step, you note down all the disappointments and frustrations and things that you did but weren’t acknowledged for – but you don’t linger on them (or you’d crash!), but instead you use this exercise to move past them. This step also includes celebrating ALL the things, big and small, that you’ve achieved in this past year.

I have to say, this was such a fun exercise! And it really showed me just how far I’ve travelled in just one short year (not least, to San Diego – twice!). This time last year, Essential Cancer Education was just a name and a half-finished website, with a few post-it notes scattered across my office wall. Since then, I’ve build a website, then built it again on a new platform, written a book, recorded an audiobook version too, created and launched a mini-course, started blogging more regularly, made some incredible new friends in the online entrepreneurial space, met some outstanding people who work with cancer patients and survivors, and almost completed the new flagship training program, Clarity on Cancer. 

The road ahead

Rather aptly, I finished reading it at 11:45pm on New Year’s Eve – and I did it properly, I made notes and wrote out all my thoughts on the different action points, and created my list of goals for 2019. I’ll not bore you with these, but suffice to say, I am VERY excited to make progress on these goals. One of them is to read more – I have so many books but too many remain unopened on my bookshelf. So, I am aiming to read two books each month (achievement goal) by reading for 45 minutes to an hour each evening (habit goal), and I’m also keeping a record of this in a particularly beautiful page-a-day diary that my mother-in-law gave me for Christmas.

Turning my attention forward to 2019 and being open to believing the possibilities that lie ahead, I know my first BIG goal is to launch Clarity on Cancer at the end of this month. I’m allowing myself a little wiggle room on the timing, so I’m not staking a claim on the date until I have EVERYTHING belt-and-braces finished, but keep your eyes peeled for more details soon.

Clarity on Cancer: YOUR Professional Framework for Patient Engagement

In the meantime, let me tell you about this new program. It’s a 3-step system to maximize patient engagement so that those of you who work directly with patients can spend more time helping them to achieve their top priority goals.

Designed exclusively for cancer healthcare professionals working in health, wellness and coaching, the Clarity on Cancer framework will help you map out your patients’ treatment options and help them decide on a care plan best suited to their needs and wants.

By giving you a thorough grounding in the subject, you will feel more confident in communicating with your patients, and helping them make informed decisions about positive lifestyle changes to reduce their risk of developing secondary disease.

Step 1: Engage

The first step in patient care is engaging patients in their own health goals. The first two modules will help you communicate clearly with your patients and provide insights to help them cope.

Module 1: Effective coaching

Changing habits following a cancer diagnosis requires a patient to undergo a transformational mind shift. I’ll walk you through your role as a coach in this transformation, and show you how to communicate clearly and effectively to bring your patients on board with this change.

Module 2: Engaging with empathy

Being diagnosed with cancer is incredibly stressful. In this module, I’ll help you understand the emotional impact and show you some insights from the field of psychoneuroimmunology (that’s how our thinking affects our neurobiology and how that in turn affects our immune system) that you can use to help your patients cope.

Step 2: Equip

The second step will give you tools to equip your patients in decision-making and dealing with their treatment journey.

Module 3: Explaining cancer clearly

Guiding cancer patients through their different care options starts with understanding: yours and theirs. In this module, I’ll guide you through the principles of cancer biology to build a solid foundation for your continuing development.

Module 4: Equipping for treatment

Every patient and their cancer is different. To develop the ideal care plan, we must consider all the available options in discussion with the patient to develop a plan that suits their wants and needs. In this module, I’ll walk you through a range of conventional, complementary and alternative therapies to help you and your patients devise their optimal care plan.

Step 3: Empower

The final step in the program will help you to empower your patients to make positive, lasting lifestyle changes. 

Module 5: Empowering for change

To understand how to prevent cancer, we must first understand its causes. Whilst not every cancer is caused by things we can prevent, in this module, I’ll take you through the main classes of factors that can cause cancer, so you can begin to build a picture for your clients of ways they can help prevent secondary disease. 

Module 6: Envisioning YOUR professional framework

Engaging patients in lifestyle changes requires structure and a clear vision. I’ll help you build a professional framework for patient engagement to support your success in coaching patients through their darkest days.

Be among the first to hear when it goes live!

If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, then you can sign up here to be among the first to hear when it launches. I’ll be running a series of live workshops in the run up to its release, so why not come along and learn with me? I’d love to see you there – you can sign up using this link.

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